Morning Reading List, 02.13.08

Good morning Washington. Yesterday was Jim VandeHei’s birthday. Today, it’s Jerry Springer’s.

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  • The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s Campaign Coverage Index shows, “Republican frontrunner John McCain generated the most media attention of any candidate in a week that saw the highest level of coverage yet for the 2008 presidential campaign. For the week of February 4-10, which included the Super Tuesday parade of primaries, McCain was a significant or dominant newsmaker in 42% of all campaign stories.”

  • It is that time of year again at the Washington Post — The Peep Contest!

  • Today, check out “How We Missed The Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan, award-winning journalist Roy Gutman weaves a narrative that exposes how and why the U.S. government, the United Nations, and the Western media ‘missed the story’ in the leadup to 9/11.” It is at 12:15 at The New America Foundation.

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “Tribune Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Sam Zell’s shake-up of the executive ranks continued Monday with Tribune Interactive President Tim Landon being replaced on an interim basis by Mark Sotir, managing director of Zell’s Equity Group Investments.”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “In many parts of the world there is concern — even apprehension — about the future of journalism. But probably no-where more so than in the United States. More journalists are being laid off than any time in the past. Last year there were cutbacks at such papers the San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Times, the San Jose Mercury News and even the biggest-selling paper of all, USA Today. The cutbacks are now becoming so commonplace they evoke little comment outside the paper’s respective home towns.”

  • Roll Call reports, “The Newseum will now open to the public on April 11, officials said last week, after a full six-month delay from the original mid-October target date.”

  • The PEJ’s News Coverage Index for Feb. 4-10 shows, “McCain, Clinton, and Obama in Coverage Derby Photo Finish”

  • The New York Times reports, “Two singers who owe their success, in part, to the media mogul Sumner M. Redstone paid tribute to him at a gala given in his honor last week in New York by the Paley Center for Media. One, Tony Bennett, the 81-year-old singer, sang ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ and thanked Mr. Redstone for changing the path of his career. Sumner M. Redstone last week at a gala in New York. Also performing was Bob Schieffer, best known as the host of ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS News. And in contrast to Mr. Bennett, Mr. Schieffer wrote his own material.”

  • Check out the winners of the newspaper design contest from Syracuse University.

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  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of February 4, 2008. The Williams-led newscast averaged 9.691 million total viewers”

  • Super Tuesday Gives CNN Three of Top 10 Programs

  • With Shuster Sidelined, Colleagues Call

  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of February 4-8, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.04 million Total Viewers and a 2.3/9 among Adults 25-54, placing second. For the fifth consecutive week, ‘World News’ won among Women 25-54 (2.6/10).”

  • Clinton’s Refrain: ‘Very Troubled By The Behavior Of That Network'”

  • Eat The Press writes, “L’Affaire Shuster: Big Camel, Big Straw”. Salon gives us “A History of Pimping” and Guy Branum says, “It’s time for the press to scrutinize” Chelsea.

  • TVNewser reports, “And while Super Tuesday lifted all boats, the day after was a test of audience retention. According to Nielsen (live data), FNC lost 4% of its Total Day audience and 37% in prime time on Wednesday. CNN lost 38% of its Total Day audience and 69% in prime time.”

  • B&C reports, “Station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group went back to the D.C. Federal Court to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s local-ownership rules once again.”

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  • Comcast Defends Role As Internet Traffic Cop

  • Mixed Media reports, “Wolff on Newser Launch: ‘Completely on Plan'”

  • VentureBeat raises $320,000 seed round, traffic growing

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  • New York Post reports, “US mags reported a 2.2 percent rise in paid circulation in the second half of 2007, led by increases from Wired, the Economist and AARP.”

  • Washingtonian reports, “Poke Your Favorite DC Chefs—Chances Are They Have a Facebook Profile”

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  • Elsevier is seeking journalists.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Senior Project Manager, Digital Media.

  • The News Leader is looking for a Copy Editor/Page Designer.

  • Bloomberg is looking for a Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Reporter.

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